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Leadership:

Donna Devaul-Executive Director - Operations and Marketing
Linda Gornitsky -Executive Director - Research (Volunteer)

Board of Directors:

 

Linda B. Gornitsky, Ph.D.

Dr. Gornitsky established LBG Associates in 1993. Prior to this, Dr. Gornitsky directed a variety of corporate communications programs, developed strategic contributions programs, managed contributions, public issues and public affairs departments and identified new management directions. She developed and managed strategic contributions programs for Citibank and Pfizer.

Dr. Gornitsky frequently speaks, conducts training workshops and publishes on various aspects of philanthropy. Aside from the nine groundbreaking studies published by her firm, she conducted a study, in conjunction with the Points of Light Foundation, examining the benefits to companies of volunteer initiatives. She has also published a benchmarking study in conjunction with the Conference Board on international contributions programs and authored a chapter on community involvement in a book on new models for socially responsible business.

Dr. Gornitsky is an associate professor at New York University and is teaching classes on strategic philanthropy/volunteerism. She was a faculty member at the Center for Corporate Citizenship at Boston College where she designed and taught courses on strategic contributions and developing signature programs, provided custom training and consulted with companies on social investing. She is a frequent speaker at Conference Board and other conferences. Dr. Gornitsky also helped design and taught an advanced course on volunteerism for the Points of Light Foundation. She is on the board of advisors of AngelPoints and is president of LBG Research Institute.

Dr. Gornitsky earned her Ph.D. in Environmental Psychology at City University of New York.


Jared Thomas Skok, MPA

Mr. Skok is a veteran communications professional with nearly a decade of experience designing, implementing and managing strategic communications programs for public and private sector businesses, agencies and organizations.  Considered by Business Ethics magazine in 1998 as one of the leading experts in the field of community relations and corporate philanthropy, Mr. Skok's expertise lies in several areas: strategic communications, employee-directed initiatives, strategic philanthropy, public/private partnerships, corporate diversity and disaster relief.

Before joining Blue Cross Blue Shield of Florida, Jared Skok worked at LBG Associates and for such organizations as: The White House, the Public Affairs Group and the U.S. Peace Corps.  To his credit, Mr. Skok has authored or co-authored ten nationally renown studies, including: Best Practices in Corporate Community Relations, Best Practices in External Corporate Diversity, Corporate Volunteerism: Innovative Practices for the 21st Century, Corporate Philanthropy in Times of Crisis and Measuring Corporate Volunteerism.  Furthermore, in 1997, Mr. Skok was awarded the Silver Hammer by Vice President Al Gore for efficiency and effectiveness in government.

Mr. Skok holds both an MPA in non-profit management and a BA in public policy from The George Washington University (DC), and has performed additional graduate work at the American University Graduate School of Communications.

 

Emily Talley


Ms. Talley is the Senior Director of Community Affairs for Capital One,overseeing national grants, signature programs, corporate volunteerism, executive board placement and community-based financial education initiatives.  Included in Ms. Talley's portfolio is the Capital One/Junior Achievement Finance Park, for which the company received the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Business Civic Leadership Center's Partnership Award in 2006.  In 2007, Ms. Talley launched Partners in Excellence, an award winning capacity building program for grantees in the Greater Washington, DC market.

Prior to joining the team at Capital One, Ms. Talley directed Gonzaga University's development efforts in support of Native American outreach, leadership and community service programs. Ms. Talley also spent five years with America's Promise - The Alliance for Youth in Alexandria, VA. In her role with America's Promise, founded by Colin Powell in 1997, she traveled nationwide to provide consultation to community-based affiliates focused on positive youth development.

Ms. Talley received a B.A. in English from The College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, VA and a M.A. in Communications and Leadership Studies from Gonzaga University in Spokane, WA. She serves on the boards of Alternative House in Vienna, VA and LBG Research Institute.

 

Susan A. Sullivan

Susan A. Sullivan is director of strategic planning and partnerships at the Verizon Foundation. She acts as the foundation’s liaison to the company’s business groups and is responsible for program planning, analysis, national grant review and evaluation. She also advises Verizon and its community affairs professionals on the development of strategic contributions programs, benchmarking, community attitude and evaluation studies, communications campaigns and efficient management practices.

During her more than 20 years of service for Verizon, Susan has served in a variety of management positions in computer services, network operations, and media relations. Prior to her current position, she served as director of employee engagement and was responsible for creating, promoting and executing innovative programs in support of employee and retiree volunteerism.

Susan serves on the emeritus board of Battery Dance Corporation and has served on numerous nonprofit boards and committees including Generations United and the Council for Advancement and Support of Education’s Matching Gift Clearinghouse.

Susan holds a bachelor’s degree in business, management and economics from Empire State College and has attended several executive leadership development programs at Darden and Wharton. She also earned a certificate in Corporate Community Relations from The Center for Corporate Citizenship at Boston College.

Donna Devaul

Donna Devaul is Executive Director and Treasurer of LBG Research Institute. She is responsible for membership, marketing and research for the Institute. Previously she was director of marketing for Irving Levin Associates, Inc., a privately held newsletter publisher in Norwalk, CT. There she was responsible for the marketing strategy and execution of all marketing programs, and the daily operations of the firm.

Prior to joining Levin in 2001, she held marketing positions at Simba Information, a Primedia company, and Money magazine, a Time Inc. publication. Her editorial credits include managing editor of Catalog Age magazine, where she won regional and national editing awards. While at Levin, she won marketing awards from both The Newsletter on Newsle tters and the Specialized Information Publishers Foundation.

Ms. Devaul is a magna cum laude graduate of Hamilton College and holds a Masters in Public and Private Management from Yale University.


Rhonda Gornitsky


Rhonda Gornitsky is a Director of LBG Research Institute, Inc. and Board Secretary.  Before joining LBG, Rhonda worked in private practice and as in-house counsel in several industries: financial services, telecommunications, Internet and publishing in the US and abroad. In addition to practicing law for over 19 years, Rhonda’s expertise lies in corporate governance and international issues.

Rhonda Gornitsky earned her JD at the University of Toronto (1987) and is a member of the New York State and Ontario Bar Associations.



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